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The White Princess: Cousins' War, Book 5 | [Philippa Gregory]

The White Princess: Cousins' War, Book 5

The newest novel from #1 New York Times best-selling author and "queen of royal fiction" (USA Today) Philippa Gregory tells the passionate story of Elizabeth of York, daughter of the White Queen, who gets caught in the middle of a battle for the crown of England. A princess from birth, Elizabeth fell in love with Richard III, though her mother made an arranged betrothal for her with the pretender to the throne: Henry Tudor. When Henry defeats Richard against all odds, Elizabeth has to marry the man who murdered her lover in battle.
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The newest novel from #1 New York Times best-selling author and "queen of royal fiction" (USA Today) Philippa Gregory tells the passionate story of Elizabeth of York, daughter of the White Queen, who gets caught in the middle of a battle for the crown of England.

The White Princess opens as the news of the battle of Bosworth is brought to Princess Elizabeth of York, who will learn not only which rival royal house has triumphed, Tudor or York, but also which suitor she must marry: Richard III her lover, or Henry Tudor her enemy.

A princess from birth, Elizabeth fell in love with Richard III, though her mother made an arranged betrothal for her with the pretender to the throne: Henry Tudor. When Henry defeats Richard against all odds, Elizabeth has to marry the man who murdered her lover in battle, and create a new royal family with him and his ambitious mother: Margaret Beaufort, The Red Queen. But, while the new monarchy can win, it cannot, it seems, hold power in an England which remembers the House of York with love.

The new king’s greatest fear is that somewhere, outside England, a prince from the House of York is waiting to invade and re-claim the throne for the house of York. Fearing that none of his new allies can be trusted, Henry turns to his wife to advise him, all the time knowing that her loyalties must be divided. When the young man who would be king finally leads his army and invades England, it is for Elizabeth to decide whether she recognizes him as her brother and a claimant to the throne, or denies him in favor of the husband she is coming to love....

©2013 Philippa Gregory (P)2013 Simon & Schuster

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    Collective 03-30-15
    Collective 03-30-15
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    "THIS WAS PAINFUL!"
    What disappointed you about The White Princess?

    I adore Philipa Gregory's books, but this one was truly painful to get through--really because the phrases "the boy" and "I don't know" were used every other sentence--no joke! I almost didn't finish the book because it was so hard to listen to.


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    Ashley Dorris 01-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "fell in love with the family of the white rose"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The White Princess to be better than the print version?

    the narrator reads the story in a way that depicts a perfect picture of that time period of england.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The White Princess?

    When princess elizabeth was sailing down the river on her way to her coronation. Searching through the large crowds of people cheering for her, she spots her mother becuase of the flag she was waving. A white rose that looked almost like the one of the house of york, except for the tudor green background and barely visible red in the center of the rose for the house of lancaster. Forgetting her status for a moment she and her mother waved at one another enthusiastically. Her mother the former queen ran along side her daughters sailing boat holding the flag and cheering for her, daughter who was following the same royal path she did


    What about Bianca Amato’s performance did you like?

    Loved her voice, and am continuing to listen to the rest of the series.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When elizabeth realizes what she had done to Queen Anne. Openly showing affection to King Richard, she didn't understand how it must of felt for Anne until having to witness that very thing done to her by another young and beautiful woman taking the attention of her husband, Henry Tutor


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    Jen 01-22-15
    Jen 01-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing series"
    What did you love best about The White Princess?

    This book is great, I love this author she has the ability to tell a story from multiple perspectives depending on what book your listening to and really make you feel as though you are in the story. I have listened to 5 of her books and I love them all equally. If you are thinking about getting into this series it is well worth it!!!!


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    Margaret 01-04-15
    Margaret 01-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    not teddy! even in the year 2015 after death king Henry is not loved he is not beloved

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    "Painfully repetitive... I'm worn out w/ series."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think a person who enjoys incessant self-loathing and paranoid delusions would make an anthem of this entry.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Philippa Gregory again?

    I am thinking about trying the Tudor series, but I have the feeling Ms. Gregory's series all end with a hastily-produced, lack luster approach to a ambitious & beautifully-crafted initial design. I adored the white queen, but Charlane Harris's southern vampire mysteries taught me that some authors just don't know when to stop and I have learned to say no to subpar later entries in to series I liked.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was the most acceptable part of this weak story.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I have missed several chapters and found myself actually reading other books & articles. I slept through so many chapters (at least 1/3) but I did not miss anything, apparently. It's like turning on a soap opera 5 yrs later & finding nothing changed!


    Any additional comments?

    There's to so little historical content to weave into this speculative narrative that the opportunities for truely creative expansion, deftly dispensed in the first 3 novels, are nil. It seems like a money grab.

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    KathleenR 11-04-14
    KathleenR 11-04-14 Member Since 2014

    I love to read . I listen to audio books while in the car, at work and at the gym so that I am always reading.

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    "Love this series"
    What made the experience of listening to The White Princess the most enjoyable?

    I love Philipa Gregory's book series on The Cousins War. She has a fantastic way of telling historical fiction. I love European history and can't read enough about the Tudors, the Yorkshire. And so on. This book was really good. Well written. I would recommend reading the whole series.


    What about Bianca Amato’s performance did you like?

    Does a great job. Easy to listen to.


    If you could rename The White Princess, what would you call it?

    The Saintly Wife


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    Julie 10-09-14
    Julie 10-09-14
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    "Loved it!"

    [This is a review I wrote previously but didn't get around to posting until now.] 4.5 stars; I loved this book. Can't wait until the next one in the series comes out next week! I disagree with other reviewers who complained that this book was not realistic. Philippa Gregory herself says this is a work of fiction describing a period in history about which little is known. She takes the few facts that are recorded and weaves a wonderful tale that is not only plausible, but quite believable in the absence of any other information to the contrary. In addition to the suspense that make this book a page-turner, I really enjoyed the way it pulls together the personalities that were described in such detail in the earlier books in this series. Another great story from Philippa Gregory and another great narration by Bianca Amato.

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    Donna 08-12-14
    Donna 08-12-14
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    "Another amazing tale!"

    Thank you for the wonderful journey! This series is a hit! And, a true look at the twists and turns of the Tudor dynasty.

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    Robin Johnson 08-09-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Another great job by Philippa Gregory"

    I loved all of the Philippa Gregory books and this is no exception. She has a wonderful way of teaching history through her fiction and I was sorry to get back to where I began in the series. Although I started later and went back to the books that came before I loved everyone. Highly recommend this series to lovers of historical fiction and strong women!

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    Lauren Irvine, CA, United States 07-08-14
    Lauren Irvine, CA, United States 07-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Always wondered what happened to Prince in Tower"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would and I have and they have enjoyed this book too. Is worth a re-listen actually.


    What other book might you compare The White Princess to and why?

    The White Princess puts a nice ending to the White Queen series. Very interesting information. Long, but very fun.


    Which character – as performed by Bianca Amato – was your favorite?

    Probably Elizabeth


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would have liked to listen to it in one sitting, but it was way too long.


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